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How to Dispose of Old Paint & Paint Cans

When it's time to bid farewell to old paint and paint cans, it's essential to handle them responsibly to protect the environment and ensure safety. Here's a quick guide on how to dispose of them properly:


Latex or Water-Based Paint

If you have leftover latex or water-based paint:

  • Dry it out: Leave the can open in a well-ventilated area until the paint is completely dry. Alternatively, you can speed up the process with cat litter or a paint hardener.

  • Recycle the empty can: Once the paint is dry and removed, the empty can can usually be recycled. Check with your local recycling center for details.


Oil-Based Paint

For oil-based paints, which are considered hazardous waste:

  • Never pour down the drain or in the trash: This can harm the environment and pose health risks.

  • Take it to a hazardous waste facility: Look for designated collection sites or special pickup days in your community.


Donate Unused Paint

If you have usable leftover paint:

  • Donate it: Consider giving it to community groups, schools, or theater groups who could put it to good use.


Consider PaintCare Programs

Check if your state offers PaintCare programs, which allow you to drop off unwanted paint at participating locations for proper disposal.


Store Properly for Future Use

If you plan to use the paint later:

  • Seal the can tightly: Prevent the paint from drying out by sealing the lid tightly.

  • Store in a cool, dry place: This helps maintain the paint's quality until you're ready to use it again.


Remember, Dash Away Hauling only accepts fully empty paint cans. Proper disposal of paint and paint cans not only keeps your space tidy but also contributes to a cleaner environment. Let's do our part to dispose of old paint responsibly!




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